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Ammonite Factory

106 Bow Meadows Crescent, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2W9, Canada
403-678-1786
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Ranked #24 of 30 activities in Canmore
Type: Factory Tours
Description: 106 Bow Meadows CrescentCanmore, Alberta, T1W 2W9
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Mississauga
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

I visited the Ammonite Factory today with the sole purpose of purchasing jewelry. I will say the 'factory' part is a little misleading, I would say more like gift shop with some workstations. The jewelry itself was very beautiful, selection was excellent and prices seemed reasonable (keep in mind ammonite is extreamly expensive stuff no matter where you get it).... More

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Montreal, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Pay 5 dollars and we'll tell you how amazing our product is! I understand that they need to pay their real estate but this is a bit of a gimmick. The 'factory' name makes it sound like prices are lower but they are not. Also, many staff members are not that friendly. This is clearly a business venture not focused... More

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AmmFac, Public Relations Manager at Ammonite Factory, responded to this review

We do appreciate your observation of our facility and apologize for your unsatisfactory experience. If you are unhappy you are welcome to contact us directly. A jewelry factory is small, and might not be what you expected, but the Ammonite Factory is definitely a factory and a working one at that. That is why we are located in the industrial... More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

I enjoyed the $5 tour of the workshop. The guide was very informative and really explained the information for us. It was great that the tour was not trying to sell you the product, merely to give you the information about it I think the shop itself if a bit of a scam with crazy expensive prices. I personally would... More

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AmmFac, Public Relations Manager at Ammonite Factory, responded to this review

We appreciate your feedback on our interpretive tour! We are glad you enjoyed the tour and learned about ammolite. The prices we have at the Ammonite Factory reflect the value of the gem ammolite which is listed as one of the rarest on the planet. We consider our prices competitive and often our prices are lower than other retail shops... More

Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

This gemstone is very soft and will scratch or damage very easily. When they manufacture it, because it is so soft, they take a thin layer of the shell and glue it onto a harder background material. Based on my experience, it tends to delaminate eaily resulting in a thin layer of air between the background material and the shell.... More

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AmmFac, Public Relations Manager at Ammonite Factory, responded to this review

We appreciate your comments in regards to jewelry production, however, your statement is not quite accurate in regards to manufacturing. In the Ammonite Factory we absolutely DO NOT take the shell off and put it onto a false backing (such as opals are made). We leave the shell adhered to it's natural backing - basically the Bearspaw Shale it is... More

Red Deer
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Seems to be a dated little shop where you can purchase overpriced Ammonite. Not impressed and sorry I wasted time finding the place. Ammonite can be found at Bearpaw shale near Lethbridge, produced into jewelry at Goldworks gemstones in Southern Alberta, at Darlin Jewellers in Stony Plain, Alberta and the list goes on and on and on..... Time better spent... More

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AmmFac, Public Relations Manager at Ammonite Factory, responded to this review

Here at the Ammonite Factory we do appreciate and respect any feedback - opinions are what make us strive to do more and be better. To the author of this post - we are sorry you did not enjoy the extensive displays of million year old fossils, artwork, and vast array of one a kind ammolite pieces that are created... More

Middletown, Rhode Island
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

We decided to stop by jut too see what they had and regretfully we missed the tour, but the salesperson was very informative and filed us in on the history behind the stone. She even talked to us about how to care for the Ammolite that we had not purchased from them.

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Belgrade, Montana
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243 reviews 243 reviews
65 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We decided to take a look at the factory where Ammonite Fossils are transformed from the shell into jewelry and other objects. It is a small show room with many different showcases of Ammonite. A staff that is well taught about the Fossil and it's value. It will go up 300 % in the next 10 yrs. If you are... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Saddly, this was nothing more than an expensive retail store. I was told by one of the associates that the merchandise was brought in, and nothing was actually produced in the "Factory." Misleading and disappointing. A retail shop, yes it is. An attraction, activity, or educational - not so much.

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AmmFac, Public Relations Manager at Ammonite Factory, responded to this review

We appreciate and thank you for your constructive feedback, and apologize for any misunderstanding. We do hope you enjoyed your stay in one of the most beautiful corners of the world. For future visitors to our facility, the Ammonite Factory would like to emphasize that we have been mining and producing ammolite since 1987. In fact, many of the art... More

Davidson, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Not exactly what I expected... The entire "tour" was conducted in the showroom and took about 40 minutes. It was informative and most of it was interesting. The "guide" was one of the sales staff and she talked in very basic terms about the mining, cutting, polishing etc processes but there were no actual demonstrations. The tour only cost $5,... More

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St. John's, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

My daughter and I did the factory tour when visiting Canmore last summer. We enjoyed the $5.00 tour just fine. Sure, it is just in the showroom, but they do provide information on mining ammolite and the process of fashioning the stones into jewellery. For $5.00 we thought that it was a fun way to spend 30 minutes or so.... More

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